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  Chang-ch'o, an educated man, once asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chih-t'sang:
-Is there paradise or hell?
Chih-t'sang replied:
-No.
Chang-ch'o protested:
-That is not correct. When I was studying under the priest... continue...

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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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buy this book 41. SUTRA: THE SURANGAMA SUTRA (LENG YEN CHING): CHINESE RENDERING BY MASTER PARAMITI OF CENTRAL NORTH INDIA AT CHIH CHIH MONASTERY, CANTON, CHINA, AD 705/COMMENTARY BY CH’AN MASTER HAN SHAN (1546-1623).
by Charles Luk (translator)
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal (ISBN #: 8121510023, Hardcover, 262 pp, January 2001)
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"The Surangama Sutra, or Leng Yen Ching, is a Buddhist apocalyptic text, which, along with an abridged commentary by Ch'an Master Han Shan, has ably been translated from Chinese into English by Charles Luk. Containing apocalyptic thinking, it is asserted that this sutra will disappear upon the disappearance of the dharma. The basic concern of the text is to point out as to how the law of causality terminates in the emergence of delusion, and on account of delusion samsaric bondage is given rise to. The only way to overcome delusion, and thereby bondage, is to attain the state of enlightenment. Since the attainment of enlightenment is seen as the solution of the problem, the text, thus, engages in laying down the road map of specific practices that enable one to reach the liberative goal of salvation, which is freedom from the law of causality, and thereby from delusion and bondage. Insofar as the store consciousness (alaya) continues to function, to that extent causality will remain operative. The methods, as developed in the text, are thus aimed at breaking the alaya. Upon the destruction of three marks of the alaya, which are self-evidencing, perception and form, the practitioner attains what is called the Surangama samadhi, or the gateway to Perfect Enlightenment. Upon the attainment of Enlightenment is revealed the nature of the Tathagata store of One Reality."--BOOK JACKET.
This sutra was originally transmitted orally. It was written down in Sanskrit over 2,000 years ago. It was translated into Chinese during the Tang Dynasty (about the 10th century A. D.)

buy this book 42. SUTRA: THE VIMALAKIRTI NIRDESA SUTRA: (WEI MO CHIEH SO SHUO CHING) (THE CLEAR LIGHT SERIES)
by Charles Luk (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 0877730350, Hardcover: 157 pages, January 1972)
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"a rainbow-beam of diamond light", June 8, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
Although I know nothing about this edition or translation I'm writing this review to turn dharma-interested people on to this remarkable sutra. I've read the translation by Robert A. F. Thurman in an Indian edition and was blown away. For me it is the most eloquent and enjoyable expression of wisdom I've ever encountered. Anyone who has some basic background understanding in Buddhism might have a similar experience... try it.

buy this book 43. SUTRA: THREEFOLD LOTUS SUTRA: THE SUTRA OF INNUMERABLE MEANINGS, THE SUTRA OF THE LOTUS FLOWER OF THE WONDERFUL, THE SUTRA OF MEDITATION ON THE BODHISATTVA UNIVERSAL VIRTUE
by Kato Bunno, Kojiro Miyasaka & Tamora Yashiro (translators)
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc. (ISBN #: 4333002087, Paperback, 370 pp, January 1987)
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In The Threefold Lotus Sutra all three scriptures are presented together for the first time in English. The sutras of Innumerable Meanings and Meditation on the Bodhisattva Universal Virtue have never before been translated into English, while the present version of the Lotus Sutra itself is based on the translation from the Chinese made by Bunno Kato and W.E. Soothill, thoroughly revised and annotated in the light of present scholarship. A glossary of Sanskrit and doctrinal terms has been compiled especially for this edition.

buy this book 44. SUTRA: VIMALAKIRTI SUTRA
by Burton Watson (translator)
Publisher: Columbia University Press (ISBN #: 0231106564, Hard cover - 168 pp, January 1997)
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Layman Vimalakirti has been considered the first Zen master. The sutra aims to not only lay people but also monks. It is one of the masterpieces of Buddhist litterature.

Translated from Chinese version of Kumarajiva by Burton Watson.

buy this book 45. SUTTA: ALL-EMBRACING NET OF VIEWS, A TRANSLATION OF THE BRAHMAJALA SUTTA & ITS COMMENTARIES
by Bhikkhu Bodhi (translator)
Publisher: Pariyatti Press (ISBN #: 955240052X, 5.5x8.5x1 - Hardcover - 350 pages, January 1992)
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In this well-known Sutta, the Buddha himself dealt with all the views of the other religions and philosophies in his time.

Zen masters often extracted segments from this Sutta, made them into koans and assigned to their students.

buy this book 46. SUTTA: DHAMMAPADA, THE SAYINGS OF THE BUDDHA
by Thomas Byrom (translator)
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 0877739668, Pocket size - Softcover - 113 pp, January 1993)
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If the Saying Records of Zen masters such as Matsu, Po-Chang, Chao-chau, Huang-po, Linchi...are the green forests, then The Sayings of the Buddha - Dhammapada - is the clear and pure stream running through all of those forests for thousand years now. The stream especially run through anyone who drinks it, feels cool, quiet, and peaceful...

Translated from Pali by Thomas Byrom

buy this book 47. SUTTA: DHAMMAPADA: THE SAYINGS OF THE BUDDHA
by John Ross Carter (Editor), Mahinda Palihawadana (Editor)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (ISBN #: 0192836137, Paperback: 112 pages, September 2000)
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The Dhammapada, the Pali version of one of the most popular texts of the Buddhist canon, also ranks among the classics of the world's religious literature. This critical edition presents to the English reader for the first time the Dhammapada as it has been known throughout the centuries. With this volume, Carter and Palihawadana make a major contribution to the understanding of the Dhammapada, not only by presenting a new and accurate translation of the verses, but also by enabling readers to see the wake of this remarkable text through centuries of Buddhist tradition. In addition to the original Pali, the editors provide a translation of the commentary on the verses and the subsequent brief explanations of verse and commentarial passages provided by Sinhala sources.

buy this book 48. SUTTA: THE DHAMMAPADA
by Anne Bancroft (editor)
Publisher: Element Books Ltd (ISBN #: 1852309210, Hardcover: 106 pages, March 1997)
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The Dhammapada ("dhamma" meaning teaching and "pada" meaning path) is perhaps the best-known Buddhist text, consisting of 423 verses compiled in the 3rd century BC. Though not lengthy, these teachings gather what are said to be Buddha's utterances over many years as collected by his disciples. His words reveal nothing less than the Buddhist Law of the Universe. Simple and profound, these truths are the key to understanding Buddhism.

buy this book 49. THE PATH OF PURIFICATION: VISUDDHIMAGGA
by Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa; Bhikkhu Nanamoli (editor)
Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing (ISBN #: 1928706002, Hardcover, 950 pp, September 2003)
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One of Buddhism's foundational texts, the Visuddhimagga is a systematic examination and condensation of Buddhist doctrine and meditation technique. The various teachings of the Buddha found throughout the Pali canon are organized in a clear, comprehensive path leading to the final goal of nibbana, the state of complete purification. Originally composed in the fifth century, this new translation provides English speakers insights into this foundational text. In the course of this treatise full and detailed instructions are given on 40 subjects of meditation aimed at concentration, an elaborate account of Buddhist Abhidhamma philosophy, and explicit descriptions of the stages of insight culminating in final liberation.

buy this book 50. VERSES FROM THE CENTER: A BUDDHIST VISION OF THE SUBLIME
by Nagarjuna; Stephen Batchelor (translator)
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (ISBN #: 1573221627, Hardcover, 208 pp, April 2000)
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The understanding of the nature of reality is the insight upon which the Buddha was able to achieve his own enlightenment. This vision of the sublime is the source of all that is enigmatic and paradoxical about Buddhism. In Verses from the Center, Stephen Batchelor explores the history of this concept and provides readers with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.

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